Mission: Impossible

Season 1 Episode 17


Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 15, 1989 on ABC
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Episode Summary

A deranged ex-IMFer targets retired IMF agents, killing them and framing Jim Phelps for the crimes. The IMF gives Jim only a little time to prove his innocence before they must turn him over to the authorities.

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Phil Morris

Phil Morris

Grant Collier

Peter Graves

Peter Graves

Jim Phelps

Jane Badler

Jane Badler

Shannon Reed (1989-90)

Antony Hamilton

Antony Hamilton

Max Harte

Thaao Penghlis

Thaao Penghlis

Nicholas Black

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson

IMF Voice on Disc (uncredited)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Trivia: The mission briefings establish that Acker had his accident 14 years ago (in 1975), and went on a killing spree in 1977, two years later. The original series ended in 1973, and Casey was a member at that time. The other two IMF female members mentioned here are never referenced in the original series.

    • Trivia: The IMF tape voice changes its standard mission briefing script, noting, "Your mission, Jim, which we feel you must accept, is to..."

    • Trivia: Jim notes that his last mission with Casey was nine years ago (presumably in 1979), when they took down a Hong Kong drug lord. This would have been six years after the last on-air original M:I episode.

    • Trivia: Grant notes that his father Barney had occasionally consulted with Acker.

    • Dr. Vincent doesn't recognize the anniversary date of Acker's commitment to the insane asylum: this seems a little odd for the guy in charge of Acker.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Jim: I would feel a lot better if I could drive you to the airport tonight and put you on a plane for somewhere.
      Lisa: I don't like running, Jim. I never have.

    • Acker: Your mission, Jim if you decide to accept it, is to survive this ordeal. To coin a phrase, this room will self-destruct in five seconds.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This is Lynda Day George's last acting role.

    • According to the trailer at the end of the show, it seems that "Reprisal" is aired before "The Haunting" in some markets.

    • Lynda Day George reprised her role as "Casey" from the original series. In the first series, "Casey" was clearly her first name. For this episode, her name was "officially" established as "Lisa Casey", to avoid confusion with the character "Casey Randall" who had been killed off several episodes earlier. No other name was ever given for Lynda Day George's "Casey", first or last, in the original series. This does somewhat contradict the original series, but most fan sources seem to accept "Lisa Casey" as the character's real name.